Blogger Prom: Oh, What a Night!

10:09 PM / Posted by CITYNITZ /

Although my high school prom was one of the most memorable nights of my life, the first Blogger Prom 2009 held at the legendary Andaz Hotel on the Sunset strip in West Hollywood without a doubt far exceeded my expectations.

The venue was to die for, with views of all of Los Angeles, this place was absolutely breathtaking with it's view during the early and late part of the evening. This hotel had just completed a $35 million remodel and they did good. Along with it's poshness this hotel housed many stars. Namely, members of Led Zeppelin rented entire floors and had driven motorcycles through the hallways (the movie Almost Famous also recreated these scenes here), Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones dropped a TV off the balcony and Jim Morrison permanently lived here for years as well.
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What would an event be without food? There was plenty to go around at the several stations and I amazingly left completely and utterly stuffed.
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Items Served at Hot Food Station w/ chef serving up some Risotto:
Beef and lemon grass skewers
Braised chicken and shitake mushroom
mushroom risotto with Parmesan
Mini egg rolls
Assortment of bread
Insalata capreses

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My favorite dishes of the night by far were the shrimp ceviche and smoked salmon maki with mango sauce which was found at another food station by the pool.

Inside there was a cheese station featuring a variety of Cowgirl Creamery cheeses with a Cheese Impresario, Barrie Lynn who paired your drink of choice with suitable cheeses.

For anyone with a sweet tooth there was an assortment of mini cupcakes from Polkatots and mini cheesecake pops from Pure Cheesecakes
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Even if you have an event with the best food at the best venue, nothing can make or break an event more than the people attending. This is among my first blogger events I've attended and I can say without a doubt this bunch of people are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I know. This event would not be the same without the familar faces and new ones that I met on the day of.
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Gorgeous city night view with me in my crazy get up for the cheesy prom theme! =P It was game over for my side ponytail by the end of the night =(

Let's not forget about the gift bags where most of the items were provided through sponsors of this event. Main items in the bag included certificates, Pepsi/chocolate/granola bar samples, bag of sun chips, alcohol samples, and so much more. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't need to walk far hauling this heavy bag of goodies.
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A beautiful venue, good food/drinks, entertaining company, getting a bag full of goodies, and winning a raffle prize, what more could a girl ask for?

A special thank you to Kung Food Panda for being my partner in crime for the night! ^_~

Finally, my hat comes off to all the blogger committee members who put this whole event together. The dedication and time you put into your blogs was clearly reflected on how well this event went.

  • H.C. of LA and OC Foodventures
  • Lindsay of LAist
  • Marni of Happy Go Marni
  • Maya of Shop Eat Sleep
  • Natalie of The Liquid Muse
  • Tara of When Tara Met Blog


    Comment by Gastronomer on August 6, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Blogger Prom was a damn fine night! And your ruffled dress is so cute! Can't wait to do it again next year.

    Comment by Kung Food Panda on August 6, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    It was a pleasure having you as my +1. I hope you enjoyed it :)

    Comment by CITYNITZ on August 7, 2009 at 7:27 AM

    Cathy- I loved your dress WAY more!

    Danny- What's there not to enjoy and you were all worried I would hype it up too much! =P

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